SeaState Podcast

This entertaining and educational podcast covers a broad range of topics and features a leading line-up of industry experts as guests. As a must-hear extension to ON&T’s editorial agenda, SeaState addresses the breaking news and emerging trends in ocean technology, as well as discussing pioneering research, industry challenges and prospects for the future.

Sponsored by Ocean News & Technology and in partnership with MTS, SeaState is hosted by Rhonda Moniz, an accomplished journalist and filmmaker with extensive experience of the ocean industry.

Upcoming episodes can be found here.

Season 2, Episode 2: How a Family's Legacy and Passion Continues to Define the World of Electroacoustics

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This year, MASSA Products Corporation celebrates its 75th Anniversary in business and we talk to the father and daughter team at the helm of the company. Donald P. Massa is the co-founder and is recognized as a leader in the field of Electroacoustics. Don was trained by Frank Massa, his father, who is known as the “Father of Modern Sonar Transducers.” Don has advanced the field of Electroacoustics and has expanded the company beyond transducer design and fabrication to include the innovation and production of electroacoustic electronic systems.

Don’s daughter Dawn F. Massa Stancavis is both the Chief Innovation Officer and the Chief Operating Officer. She is in charge of all New Product Development, Innovation, Marketing & Sales, and is the liaison between industry/consumer and the technical development team at MASSA. Dawn serves on the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) for NOAA, and the Board of Trustees, Overseers’ Leadership Council & Governance Committee for the South Shore Conservatory. She also works closely with Northeastern University in Boston to bring in new COOP students to MASSA.

Season 2, Episode 1: Dr. Jyotika Virmani: Innovations of Unmanned and Autonomous Deep-sea Technologies

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Dr. Jyotika Virmani is the first Executive Director of the Schmidt Ocean Institute, a philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing oceanographic research and exploration. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of Planet & Environment at XPRIZE, where she led the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE to spur innovations in remote and autonomous, rapid, high-resolution sea floor mapping technologies, which included a Bonus Prize from NOAA for technology that could detect an underwater biological or chemical signal and autonomously track it to its source. Dr. Virmani joined XPRIZE in 2014 as the Technical Director for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a competition for pH sensor development to measure ocean acidification. Before joining XPRIZE, Dr. Virmani was the Associate Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, a Senior Scientist at the UK Met Office, and Executive Director of the Florida Coastal Ocean Observing System.

She has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of South Florida. As a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, she earned a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from SUNY at Stony Brook. She also has a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College London and is an Associate of the Royal College of Science.

Episode 7: Through the Lens of a Nat Geo Underwater Photographer

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Join the December episode of SeaState with guest Brian Skerry, a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories, from the harp seal’s struggle to survive in frozen waters, to the alarming decrease in the world’s fisheries, to dolphin intelligence, and more. In 2014 he was one of five photographers named as a National Geographic Photography Fellow. In 2017 he was named a National Geographic Society Storytelling Fellow and in June 2017 he was awarded the title of Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year.

Episode 6: Liquid Robotic's CEO Talks Platforms, Sensors and Data Acquisition

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In the November episode of SeaState we talk to Graham Hine about platforms, sensors and data acquisition. Graham is the Chief Executive Officer for Liquid Robotics, the manufacture of the Wave Glider, an autonomous unmanned surface vehicle (USV) that operates individually or in fleets and is designed to support a wide range of sensors and payloads. As one of the founders, Graham’s expertise in business, technology, and operations has played a major role helping to transform Liquid Robotics from a small start-up to an industry leader of autonomous ocean robots.

Episode 5: Manned Submersibles - Science, Exploration, and the Titanic

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In the October episode of our podcast SeaState we talk with Stockton Rush. Stockton is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder (2009) of OceanGate Inc. As CEO, Rush is responsible for OceanGate’s financial and engineering leadership, shaping the company’s strategic direction with a clear vision focused on developing the next generation of manned submersible solutions for subsea operations in the commercial and defense sectors.

Episode 4: Ocean Mapping - A Look at Mapping the Seafloor

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In episode 4 of SeaState, we talk with Dr. Larry Mayer who has participated in more than 90 cruises (over 70 months at sea!) during the last 35 years, and has been chief or co-chief scientist of numerous expeditions, including two legs of the Ocean Drilling Program and eight mapping expeditions in the ice covered regions of the high Arctic.

Dr. Larry Mayer is the recipient of the Keen Medal for Marine Geology and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stockholm. He was a member of the President’s Panel on Ocean Exploration, National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for the Geosciences, and chaired a National Academy of Science Committee on national needs for coastal mapping and charting as well as the National Academies report on the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Spill on ecosystem services in the Gulf of Mexico.

Further, Dr. Larry Mayer was the co-chair of the NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Advisory Working Group, and the Vice-Chair of the Consortium of Ocean Leadership’s Board of Trustees, and is currently the Chair of the National Academies of Science’s Oceans Studies Board, a member of the State Dept.’s Extended Continental Shelf Task Force and the Navy’s SCICEX Advisory Committee.

In 2016, Dr. Larry Mayer was appointed by President Obama to be a member of the Arctic Research Commission, in 2017 he was elected to the Hydrographic Society of America Hall of Fame, in 2018, he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2019 he was elected as a foreign member in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Episode 3: The Marine Technology Sector - A Perspective

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In this episode we talk with Justin Manley and get his thoughts on our industry during these unprecedented times. Justin is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors. He is a recognized leader in unmanned systems development and operations. Mr. Manley has been working with marine technology and robotics since 1990. Mr. Manley founded Just Innovation Inc. in mid-2015. He supports clients from startups to multi-national corporations with core technical specializations in unmanned vehicles, robotics, sensors, and undersea systems. Mr. Manley offers clients support with strategy and innovation, business and product development, evangelism, and marketing. Hear his take on the state of the marine technology sector and where we need to look to the future of the industry. Listen in to a thoughtful discussion on where we have been, where we are and where we are headed.

Episode 2: A Chat with Marty Klein: The Father of Side Scan Sonar

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Join us for season 1: episode 2 on SeaState while we talk with the Father of side scan sonar, Marty Klein. Listen in as he talks about the evolution of the technology and his part in pioneering that technology. Hear about the history of side scan sonar and its impact on ocean exploration. From the labs at MIT to the Lochs of Scotland, don’t miss this chat with a true trailblazer. Sit back, stay tuned, and jump in on SeaState!

Episode 1: From Inner to Outer Space: The Race for Autonomy

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Join us for season 1: episode 1 on SeaState while we talk with world-renowned autonomous underwater vehicle pioneer, Dr. James Bellingham. Listen in as he talks about the use of underwater autonomous vehicles to explore the world’s ocean depths. Hear about how the technology is being used in the race to collect data beneath massive glaciers that are melting at record rates, and explore with us the future of these tools in our expansion to use this expertise on other worlds. Sit back, stay tuned, and jump in on SeaState!